God would not will what we have seen

1	God would not will what we have seen,
	the terror, violence, death;
	for God is love, the source of life,
	the essence of our breath.

2	God would not break the damaged reed,
	the smouldering wick is fanned;
	yet human power, our want and greed
	can counter what God planned.

3	Our will is free, our way we choose,
	to act for good or ill,
	to offer love, to calm or heal,
	to damage or to kill.

4	God give us courage in the face
	of carnage that we see,
	to work for life, to live for love,
	to set your people free.

Andrew E. Pratt (born 1948) (alt Andrew Pratt 13/8/2021
Words © 2006 Stainer & Bell Ltd, London, England, http://www.stainer.co.uk. Please include any reproduction for local church use on your CCL Licence returns. All wider and any commercial use requires prior application to Stainer & Bell Ltd.
Metre: CM

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Andrew Pratt

Andrew Pratt was born in Paignton, Devon, England in 1948.

2 thoughts on “God would not will what we have seen”

    1. You say, ‘I can’t imagine anything more arrogant than believing humans can speak for god. Hubris’
      I agree. this hymn is not purporting to speak for God.
      I cannot believe that the God I see in Christ would want the killing, violence and death that we are seeing in the world consequent on human action. I do not believe that this is hubris; rather penance and a description of how I would imagine God’s response.


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